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Nov 2, 2012 11:00pm EDT
and by achieving great healthcare efficiencies is only a start. >> yes we will reform and stengthen medicare for the long haul, but we'll do it by reducing the cost of health care, not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more. >> he'll say that is the solution. i would argue that that's not the solution because the number of people who are joining the program is so dramatic that even if we can reduce the costs for each individual person, it's sort of not going to be enough. the number one pressure on the medicare program is really demographic. it's not just about the cost of healthcare. >> the republicans' plan, like the president's, most likely would seek to limit annual medicare increases. the gop would overhaul the program by giving seniors a choice buy medicare or purchase private healthcare insurance. the idea is to achieve savings by creating more competition amongst healthcare providers for seniors' insurance dollars. >> for people coming along that are young, what i do to make sure that we can keep medicare in place for them is to allow them either to choose the current med
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